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State Senator Christine Rolfes honored for work to expand access to high-quality early learning

Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) was honored for her commitment to the first five years of a child’s life on Thursday, Sept. 29 , with a Crayon Award from the Early Learning Action Alliance.

“The foundation for educational success is built in the earliest years,” said Children’s Alliance deputy director Jon Gould. Access to high-quality early learning is critical to closing the gap for children who start out with fewer opportunities. Senator Rolfes understands that early learning builds strong kids and strong communities. Her public service has improved opportunities for Washington’s children.”

Senator Rolfes is among 18 lawmakers across the state receiving Crayon Awards for their work on early learning policy. These leaders understand that children need high-quality, culturally relevant care to help them become resilient, successful learners. Investments in the first years of a child’s life are critical to closing the gap for children starting out with fewer opportunities. 

“All children deserve a strong start in life,” said Senator Rolfes. “Early learning is key. Our state’s investments in quality child care and preschool can allow kids to get the most out of their K-12 experience. I’m proud to stand up for early learning.”

State Sen. Rolfes accepts the Crayon Award from members of the Early Learning Action Alliance.
State Sen. Rolfes accepts the Crayon Award from members of the Early Learning Action Alliance.

The Early Start Act, which legislators passed and funded in the 2015 legislative session, contains provisions designed to promote quality, culturally relevant early learning for children of diverse family backgrounds.

While Crayon Awards recognize achievements over the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions, the Early Learning Action Alliance sees these legislators as continuing leaders who are poised to grow their colleagues’ understanding about the importance of early learning and urge positive policies and investments for young children.

The Early Learning Action Alliance has recognized the work of legislators in early learning with Crayon Awards since 2010. The award presentation was a nonprofit 501(c)(3) permissible activity and cannot be connected to any election-related intent or activity. See the full list of Crayon Awardees here.

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The Early Learning Action Alliance is convened by the Children’s Alliance, a statewide public policy advocacy organization that works at the state and federal level to ensure that all children have what they need to thrive. Learn more by contacting Jessica Roach: (206) 324-0340 ext. 29 or